Application Information

Application Requirements

View the requirements to apply for the UW-River Falls MBA program by clicking on the plus sign next to each heading.

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (4-point scale) or minimum GPA for last 60 credits of 3.00 (4-point scale).

You MUST MEET ONE of the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in the field of business or accounting (demonstrated with an academic transcript).
  • Completed the undergraduate business core (demonstrated with academic transcript including accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, math and statistics).
  • Two years post baccalaureate work experience.

If you DO NOT MEET any of the above conditions, you must do one of the following (note: if the deficiency is in only part of the core, then that part must be completed in one of the following ways as well).

  • Complete an approved undergraduate business core (or the deficient part) at UW-River Falls or another university.
    • Foundation courses at UWRF include the following (a passing grade in one of the following UWRF courses will meet Foundation Course requirements): ECON 226 (Intro to Statistics), ECON 201 (Principles of Microeconomics), ACCT 231 (Principles of Accounting).
    • Foundation courses at other universities: You may meet the foundation requirement by taking appropriate undergraduate or graduate courses at other universities. We suggest you check with us regarding application of courses before you taken them. Please contact the Master of Business Administration Director regarding these courses. Information on the web-based foundation courses offered by the UW System MBA consortium is found at
  • Score at or above 50 on CLEP exams for the following business core courses: Principles of Accounting and Principles of Microeconomics. If you are interested in this option, visit

For international students from non-English speaking countries, TOEFL (minimum 80 internet-based test score) or IELTS (minimum 6.5 score) is required.

For TOEFL information, visit The UWRF school code is 1918.

For IELTS information, visit

Application Process

In order to apply for the MBA program, the following materials, in addition to an online application must be submitted electronically. 

  • Application fee
  • Personal statement  
  • Resume
  • Letters of recommendation (if less than two years work experience)
  • Official transcripts 

Personal statement essay addressing your interest in the program as well as your immediate and long-term personal goals.

Resume detailing work experience.

Two letters of recommendation if less than two years of post baccalaureate experience.

Official final transcripts to be sent from the issuing school(s) directly to UWRF Graduate

International Students

International students must provide all of the above (personal statement, letters of recommendation, transcript(s), and TOEFL (min. score of 80) or IELTS (min. score of 6.5). In addition, international applicants must also provide the following:

Transcripts must be verified by a transcript evaluation service such as World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) and delivered to Graduate Admissions. 

Undergraduate Students: 4+1 MBA 

The 4+1 MBA program is a great option for current undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in business and want to save time and money on their education while gaining a competitive edge in the job market. Contact the program advisor to learn more. 

For more information, contact:
Leanne Van Allen
, Director

Mailing Address

Official transcripts, GMAT/TOEFL/IELTS scores, letters of recommendation, personal statement and transcript evaluation report should be directed to:

Leanne Van Allen, Director
MBA Program
College of Business and Economics
216 South Hall
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
410 S. Third St.
River Falls, WI 54022